The Astonishing Form

An evening of poetry from across the Arab World

Sat 25 July 2015, 5.30pm

Literature · The British Library




Sat 25 July 2015, 5.30-7pm

The British Library

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96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB
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A celebration of the magic of poetry – referred to by Mourid Barghouti as the ‘astonishing form’ – with a variety of radical, powerful and perhaps unexpected voices.

Featuring performances and readings in English and Arabic (with translation) by Mourid Barghouti, whose I Saw Ramallah won the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature and was described as “one of the finest existential accounts of Palestinian displacement we now have” by Edward Said; multi-award-winning British Egyptian performance poet Sabrina Mahfouz; Iraqi poet Ghareeb Iskander, whose work engages ancient Sumerian myth and contemporary Iraqi reality; and Palestinian spoken word artist Rafeef Ziadah, whose poems ‘We Teach Life, Sir’ and ‘Shades of Anger’ went viral online within days of their release.

Compere – British-Caribbean writer, poet and multidisciplinary artist Malika Booker

Included in Saturday and Weekend Pass. A limited number of single event tickets are also available priced £8, concessions available.

Part of the Shubbak Literature Festival.
Programme developed in partnership with Saqi Books and the British Library.
Supported by British Council, Open Society FoundationsArab Fund for Arts and Culture – AFACInternational Prize for Arabic Fiction, Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing and Banipal.